Estonian formin: Finland's NATO accession takes our cooperation to new level

  • 2023-04-19
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Estonian Foreign Minister Margus Tsahkna was on his first foreign visit to Finland on Tuesday, where he met with President Sauli Niinisto, Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto and incoming Prime Minister Petteri Orpo. 

The main topics of the visit were bilateral cooperation, continued support to Ukraine and holding Russia accountable.

At the meetings, the Estonian foreign minister concentrated on future cooperation in NATO and preparations for the Vilnius summit. 

"Finland’s NATO accession opens new opportunities in our cooperation, both in the Nordic-Baltic region and for reinforcing the security of all of Europe. We support Sweden joining NATO as soon as possible and we look forward to clear support at the Vilnius summit to Ukraine becoming a member in the future," Tsahkna said. 

Speaking about further bilateral cooperation, the foreign ministers discussed joint activities in advancing the economy, energy and the green transition.

"We also concentrated on continued support to Ukraine, which is one of our priorities. In addition to full political, economic and military assistance, we also discussed cooperating on reconstruction in Ukraine," Tsahkna said.

At the meetings he underlined that efforts must also continue to ensure that the Russian leadership is held accountable for the crime of aggression, which led to all following crimes, the deportation of children and other brutal acts we have seen in Russia's war against Ukraine. 

On Wednesday, Tsahkna is on a visit to Lithuania, where he will meet with Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament Viktorija Cmilyte-Nielsen and head of the Estonian-Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce Robert Juodka. Tsahkna spoke to his Latvian colleague on the phone on Monday evening.